1st Edition

China’s Influence and the Center-periphery Tug of War in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Indo-Pacific

Edited By Brian C. H. Fong, Jieh-min Wu, Andrew J. Nathan Copyright 2021
    392 Pages 30 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    392 Pages 30 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Bringing together a team of cutting-edge researchers based in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Indo-Pacific countries, this book focuses on the tug of war between China’s influence and forces of resistance in Hong Kong, Taiwan and selected countries in its surrounding jurisdictions.

    China’s influence has met growing defiance from citizens in Hong Kong and Taiwan who fear the extinction of their valued local identities. However, the book shows that resistance to China’s influence is a global phenomenon, varying in motivation and intensity from region to region and country to country depending on the forms of China’s influence and the balances of forces in each society. The book also advances a concentric center-periphery framework for comparing different forms of extra-jurisdictional Chinese influence mechanisms, ranging from economic, military and diplomatic influences to united front operations.

    This book will be of key interest to scholars and students of comparative politics, international relations, geopolitics, Chinese politics, Hong Kong-China relations, Taiwan and Asian politics.

    1. Introduction - Re-thinking China’s influence across surrounding jurisdictions: A concentric center-periphery framework

    Brian C.H. Fong

    2. More than sharp power: Chinese influence operations in Taiwan, Hong Kong and beyond

    Wu Jieh-min

    Part 1: Contextualizing China’s influence: The comparative perspectives

    3. China’s assimilation of peripheries in former Qing imperial frontiers: A comparative-historical perspective

    Ho-fung Hung

    4. Peripheral nationalisms of Taiwan and Hong Kong under China’s influence: A comparative-nationalism perspective

    Wu Rwei-ren

    5. China’s empire-building across peripheries: A comparative-imperialism perspective

    Kwong Kin Ming

    Part 2: China’s Influence in Peripheral Autonomy: Hong Kong as a case study

    6. China’s influence on Hong Kong’s elections: Evidence from Legislative Council elections

    Ma Ngok

    7. China’s influence on Hong Kong’s economy: Lessons from mainlander tourism

    Jackson Yeh Kuo Hao

    8. China’s influence on Hong Kong’s media: Subduing press freedom

    Chan Chi Kit

    9. China’s influence on Hong Kong’s entertainment industry: Lessons from film production

    Klavier Wang

    10. China’s influence on Hong Kong’s religions: Interreligious comparison

    Ying-ho Kwong

    Part 3: China’s Influence in Peripheral Contested State: Taiwan as a case study

    11. China’s influence on Taiwan’s elections: The impact of the "1992 Consensus" on presidential elections

    Wu Jieh-min and Liao Mei

    12. China’s influence on Taiwan’s economy: The economic statecraft of mainlander tourism

    Tsai Hung-Jeng

    13. China’s influence on Taiwan’s media: A model of transnational diffusion of Chinese censorship

    Jaw-nian Huang

    14. China’s influence on Taiwan’s entertainment industry: The Chinese state, entertainment capital, and netizens in the witch-hunt for 'Taiwan independence suspects'

    Liao Mei

    15. China’s influence on Taiwan’s religions: Mazu belief across the strait

    Ku Ming-chun and Hong Ying-fa

    Part 4: China’s Influence in Peripheral Sovereign States: Cases studies from Indo-Pacific states

    16. China’s influence in Southeast Asia: No easy answers

    Ja Ian Chong

    17. China’s influence in South Asia: Under the shadow of the Sino-Indian relationship

    Chietigj Bajpaee

    18. China’s Influence in Central Asia: Sinophobia and the wave of anti-China Protests

    Jun Kumakura

    19. China’s influence in Australia and New Zealand: Making the democratic world safe for dictatorship

    Chongyi Feng and Kevin Carrico

    20. Conclusion - China’s influence and the pushback: Tentative conclusions beyond Hong Kong and Taiwan

    Andrew J. Nathan

    21. Epilogue: The place of Hong Kong and Taiwan in the Asia policies of the Trump administration

    Richard C. Bush


    Brian C.H. Fong is Associate Professor and Founding Associate Director of The Academy of Hong Kong Studies at The Education University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.

    Wu Jieh-min is Research Fellow at the Institute of Sociology, Academia Sinica, and served as a Director at the Center for Contemporary China, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan.

    Andrew J. Nathan is Class of 1919 Professor of Political Science at Columbia University, USA.